Less than a week after winning his first Formula 1 world title, Max Verstappen is sending a huge message to Lewis Hamilton for next season, clearly calling out the British ex F1 Champion.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have had an incredible battle this season that has kept Formula 1 fans on the edge of their seats right up until the final lap of the season. But in the end it was the Dutchman who got the better of the Briton just a few hundred metres from the finish line of this exciting season.
And despite the rivalry between the two drivers, which has led to several clashes on the track, Max Verstappen is hoping to meet up with Lewis Hamilton again in 2022, and effectively calls him out to challenge for the title again next year.
“I hope the rivalry with Lewis will continue”
“Emotions run high at the end of a race. So after losing the title on the last lap? I think it’s normal (as a reaction).
“It must have been incredibly difficult for Lewis and his team, but he’s won seven titles, so maybe it comforts him in a way. Next year I’m sure he’ll do his best, at a very high level.
“It will depend on the competitiveness of our cars, they are totally changing, but personally I hope the rivalry with Lewis will continue.
“He has been an incredible competitor. It was a real pleasure to race against him. It was very intense but I’m happy to have had a season like that.
“I’ve been dreaming of this for a long time,”
But Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said he and his driver Lewis Hamilton were still disappointed after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“To be honest, even today, I can’t understand what happened.” said Wolff today,
“To me, it still seems surreal. When I think back, at 6:27 p.m. the right decision was made, and four minutes later, out of nowhere, suddenly five cars were cleared to split between Lewis and Max. Ten seconds later, the decision was made that the safety car would return this whole one with only a handful of laps to go.
“To be honest, to me it still feels like a nightmare. That’s why I was in total disbelief on Sunday and still am until today. ”